The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado,  and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.

Commander's Corner

Commander Michael Cano



Veterans of Foreign Wars            Menifee VFW Post 1956   P.O. Box 321 Menifee, CA 92586

EIN: 95-3319357- 501(c) (19) Veteran Non-Profit: C2326557


December 1, 2023

 Greetings Comrades:

The holidays have arrived and would like to wish you all the best the Holiday Season has to offer. Many of our post members participated in various VFW Programs and Post events in the fourth quarter 2023. If you are one of them, I extend a great thank you for your relentless volunteer service you provided to carry out the VFW mission to our members, other veterans, our youth, and the community.

 Various Post administrative changes occurred this year and made our leadership more transparent with our officer responsibilities. We established a new webmaster to update our Post website and participated in various VFW Programs and events.

 Fourth Quarter Post Activities:

 1) We joined forces with our Post Auxiliary in September & October 2023, to distributed and collect VFW Program applications from local schools and First Responders.

 2) November 4, 2023, attended Amber Waves of Grain and recruited two members

 3) On November 4 & 5, join the Boys Scouts of America with Buddy Poppy drives

 4) November 11, 2023, partnered with the city of Menifee with Veterans Day and honored five Korean Veterans with the Korean Peace Medal.

 5) November 11, 2023, delivered the second most successful Annual Veterans Ball

 6) November 18, 2023, distributed 200 Thanksgiving turkeys to various veterans.

 As you can see, we had a gracious 4th quarter. But going forward, I request your undivided attention to be involved by attending our general meetings to make your membership vote count. We meet 2nd  Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m., at Mt. San Jacinto College, (MSJC), Building 900, Room 927; 28237 La Piedra Rd. Menifee, CA 92584.